Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed that the club have rejected a bid from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Marotta confirmed that the Serie A winners and Champions League finalists had received a “very good offer” from Chelsea, but had no intention of selling the Brazilian full-back:
“Our desire is to not sell any of our most important players.
“We said no to a very good offer from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.
“But we know that we are competing with clubs that are in a position to offer wages that are not rational for us. And players are always their own boss.
“I do not know how Alex Sandro reacted.”
Juve have a policy of not standing in the way of players that want to leave the club, so it will be interesting to see if Sandro’s reaction is to want to talk to Chelsea. Reports in the past few weeks have suggested that the Premier League champions were prepared to pay up to €60m to land the 26-year-old, which would give the Bianconeri a profit of over €30m from the fee they paid Porto for his services two years ago.
Regardless of whether they sign Alex Sandro or not, Chelsea may need to start making more progress on their transfer dealings this summer, with reports suggesting that manager Antonio Conte has become highly frustrated with the lack of movement so far.
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